Intergen creates opportunities for older people to work with young people in schools. Older volunteers go into schools to help with reading, specific skills and classes with the aim of improving aspirations and attainment of the children they are mentoring.
Initially based in Sale, there are now clusters in Stockport, Tyldesley, Chorleton and Tower Hamlets.
To make it all happen Intergen recruits and appoints an older person to be the coordinator for the cluster of three schools. Co-ordinators are responsible for recruiting older people living locally to become volunteers in the Intergen schools, organising a social event and a business meeting once a term.
The programme is unusual in that independent academic evaluation has been done since 2000, with the latest reports by Manchester Metropolitan University available online.
For more information see: http://www.intergen.org.uk/